Philosophy A Text with Readings, 13th Edition

Philosophy

Philosophy: A Text with Readings, 13th Edition by Manuel Velasquez
Biopolitical Disaster (Interventions) by Jennifer L. Lawrence, Sarah Marie Wiebe
Geographies of Disorientation by Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg
Motherhood, Fatherland, and Primo Levi: The Hidden Groundwork of Agency in His Auschwitz Writings by Robert Pirro
Language and Being: Heidegger’s Linguistics by Duane Williams

Philosophy: A Text with Readings, 13th Edition by Manuel Velasquez

2016 | ISBN: 1305410475 | English | 698 pages | PDF | 66 MB

One need only read a few pages of PHILOSOPHY: A TEXT WITH READINGS, 13th Edition, to appreciate Manuel Velasquez’s gift for making complex philosophical concepts accessible to today’s students while still exposing them to college-level writing. This book is a perfect choice for first-time philosophy students, as it covers a wide range of topics, including human nature, reality, truth, ethics, the meaning of life, diversity, and social/political philosophy, all supported by nontechnical primary sources. The thirteenth edition includes new features that help students engage with the topics and readings more than ever. Like the previous edition, this new edition includes critical-thinking and argument analysis activities carefully woven into the book’s narrative. Whether you are teaching your course online or in the classroom, unmatched support is just a click away with MindTap for PHILOSOPHY: A TEXT WITH READINGS, a powerful course resource system.

Biopolitical Disaster (Interventions) by Jennifer L. Lawrence, Sarah Marie Wiebe

2017 | ISBN: 1138659452 | English | 294 pages | EPUB | 1 MB

Biopolitical Disaster employs a grounded analysis of the production and lived-experience of biopolitical life in order to illustrate how disaster production and response are intimately interconnected. The book is organized into four parts, each revealing how socio-environmental consequences of instrumentalist environmentalities produce disastrous settings and political experiences that are evident in our contemporary world.
Beginning with “Commodifying crisis,” the volume focuses on the inherent production of disaster that is bound to the crisis tendency of capitalism. The second part, “Governmentalities of disaster,” addresses material and discursive questions of governance, the role of the state, as well as questions of democracy. This part explores the linkage between problematic environmental rationalities and policies. Third, the volume considers how and where the (de)valuation of life itself takes shape within the theme of “Affected bodies,” and investigates the corporeal impacts of disastrous biopolitics. The final part, “Environmental aesthetics and resistance,” fuses concepts from affect theory, feminist studies, post-positivism, and contemporary political theory to identify sites and practices of political resistance to biopower.
Biopolitical Disaster will be of great interest to postgraduates, researchers, and academic scholars working in Political ecology; Geopolitics; Feminist critique; Intersectionality; Environmental politics; Science and technology studies; Disaster studies; Political theory; Indigenous studies; Aesthetics; and Resistance.

Geographies of Disorientation by Marcella Schmidt di Friedberg

English | August 10th, 2017 | ASIN: B074PTGQH3, ISBN: 1472450485 | 272 Pages | EPUB | 0.99 MB

Spatial disorientation is of key relevance to our globalized world, eliciting complex questions about our relationship with technology and the last remaining vestiges of our animal nature. Viewed more broadly, disorientation is a profoundly geographical theme that concerns our relationship with space, places, the body, emotions, and time, as well as being a powerful and frequently recurring metaphor in art, philosophy, and literature.
Using multiple perspectives, lenses, methodological tools, and scales, Geographies of Disorientation addresses questions such as: How do we orient ourselves? What are the cognitive and cultural instruments that we use to move through space? Why do we get lost? Two main threads run through the book: getting lost as a practice, explored within a post-phenomenological framework in relation to direct and indirect observation, wayfinding performances, and the various methods and tools used to find our position in space; and disorientation as a metaphor for the contemporary era, used in a broad range of contexts to express the difficulty of finding points of reference in the world we live in.
Drawing on a wide range of literature, Geographies of Disorientation is a highly original and intruiging read which will be of interest to scholars of human geography, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, cognitive science, information technology, and the communication sciences.

Motherhood, Fatherland, and Primo Levi: The Hidden Groundwork of Agency in His Auschwitz Writings by Robert Pirro

English | September 5th, 2017 | ASIN: B074Y764GW, ISBN: 1683930851 | 173 Pages | EPUB | 1.38 MB

Motherhood, Fatherland and Primo Levi: The Hidden Groundwork of Agency in his Auschwitz Writings offers major new insights into the political dimensions of Levi’s thought by using those texts conventionally thought to be marginal to his oeuvre (i.e., his short works of science fiction and fantasy and his World War Two partisan novel) to deepen our understanding of the lessons he offered in his more well-known and celebrated texts, Survival in Auschwitz and The Drowned and the Saved.
Typically cast as one of the most profound theorists of what human beings at their worst can do to one another, Levi appears in this book as (in addition) a theorist who affirms a politics of active and broad participation in republican institutions as an important means of achieving a fulfilled human life. This book reinterprets Levi’s political significance by bringing to bear two literatures that have been previously missing from scholarly considerations of Levi’s legacy: psychologically-informed analyses of how infantile and toddler experience of, and relationship to, a primary caretaker shape later perceptions of self and relationship and studies of Machiavelli’s variant of republican thought in which major emphasis is placed on founding institutions of civic participation that develop responsible political leaders and foster good citizenship.
In the aftermath of the so-called Arab Spring, which has given rise to people acting on their worst impulses (ethnic cleansing, genocide) as well as on their best (revolution, democratic constitutionalism), Levi’s legacy, considered more comprehensively, can be a valuable touchstone for understanding the democratic possibilities of a world undergoing rapid political change. Avoiding academic jargon and entanglement in hyper-specialized academic debates, Motherhood, Fatherland and Primo Levi offers that comprehensive understanding to scholars across many fields (Italian studies, political theory, cultural studies, women’s studies, Holocaust studies, history) as well as to general interest readers of a humanistic bent and citizens concerned to make sense of this revolutionary age.

Language and Being: Heidegger’s Linguistics by Duane Williams

English | September 21st, 2017 | ASIN: B074FSPB84, ISBN: 1472573153 | 224 Pages | EPUB | 0.79 MB

Martin Heidegger’s radical and, for that, controversial reflections on language were not simply a passing interest in his thinking, but a fundamental, career-long concern arguably as significant to him as his study of being.
This book traces the intimate connection between language and being in Heidegger’s philosophy, and shows how they cannot be understood apart from one another. It discusses why Heidegger’s undervalued philosophy of language is increasingly important, how it figures in the wider context of his work, and how it is to be approached and understood for our times. This includes the significance to Heidegger of being, the logos principle, etymology, phenomenology, mysticism, and poetry.
Illuminating a difficult yet highly significant area in Heidegger’s thinking, Williams provides an insightful and authoritative interpretation of the topic.